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Indian Summer?

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The past 10 days may have been the nicest weather in the Milwaukee area all year…sunshine, low humidity, light wind and highs in the 70s and 80s…that’s 10 to 15 degrees above normal. 

Many would call this Indian Summer, and it was for areas west of Milwaukee, but not officially for Milwaukee and cities along the lake.  Indian Summer is defined as a period of sunny, warm weather after the leaves have turned and following a frost, but before the first snow.  It has been sunny and warm all month so far, the leaves are changing and it has not snowed yet, but Milwaukee has not had its first official frost.  The coldest temperature was 39 on October 2nd. 

Areas west of Milwaukee have had lows near freezing and there was widespread frost so most of the area has been experiencing “Indian Summer”, while the lakefront has been enjoying beautiful October weather. 

All good things come to an end and there is a chance for an isolated afternoon shower today and more rain Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 60s and 50s and very windy on Friday.

This time of year, fog becomes more common with cool, damp nights, but the air has been so dry that there has only been patchy fog.  Unfortunately, on this date in 2002, dense fog blanketed the area causing a 38 car pile-up on I-43 in Sheboygan County resulting in 10 deaths.

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